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in washington president obama is facing lots of criticism for the u.s. mission in libya. two and a half hours from now he'll try to ease concerns about the operation's goals, its costs and the end game. his remarks coming a little over a week from the first coalition air strikes and critical time for opposition fighters on the ground. gadhafi's troops wiped out some of the gains but in recent days coalition air strikes have helped rebels seize some of the northern stays. now to reza sayah with more on benghazi. what's the latest information, ressa, that you are getting. >> reporter: these forces had an impressive three days capturing five towns from the gadhafi forces. today they finally met some resistance, the first in about 72 hours. that resistance coming in the city of sirte, gadhafi's birthplace, his hometown. when you talk to opposition officials here they anticipated a fights there and they got t.rebel figorces pushing back a one rebel fighter telling cnn that he and a group of other fighters cornelio sommaruga gadhafi soldiers waving a right flag, that, of course, the universal signa
. keep it up, mate. we'll check back with you. how big is the u.s. military commitment? who is running the show? we've got just the person to answer those crucial questions. jennifer griffin is at the pentagon what. do you know? tell us about it. >> well, the u.s. right now is in charge of the commanding control of the operation. it's being led, as you've reported by general carter ham at the newest command in germany. they're overseeing it but have you an admiral on board uss mount whitney, admiral locklear overseeing for the sixth fleet the tomahawk missiles being fired from three u.s. submarines in the med terrainin. a british submarine, as well as two u.s. destroyers, stout and barry. 114 cruise missiles as mentioned, clearly the fact there are still antiaircraft being fired out of tripoli they're going to have to fire more missiles or air strikes tomorrow to assess their still doing bomb damage assessments, about half of the missiles, we understand landed in the tripoli area where gaddafi has his largest air base. then there were two sites in sert, hometown of gaddafi no. tomahawk
have been discontinued. japanese officials said today they are asking the u.s. government for help. charlie d'agata is in niigata, japan, with more. good morning, charlie. >> reporter: good morning to you, betty. nobody is watching the events unfolding at the nuclear power plant more closely than the people here. many who were evacuated from the region around that plant and wonder if they'll ever be able to go home. fire trucks resumed blasting water onto japan's crippled nuclear power plant as crews raced to restore power to the facility. as early as today, they hope to feed electricity to at least two of the six overheated reactors, and get crucial water pumps working again. >> if the cooling systems in the reactors and fuel pumps are basically sound, and then the power comes on, then we might look at that moment as the beginning of the end of this crisis. >> reporter: but even if the power starts back up, it's not clear the water pumps will. they may have already suffered too much damage. there are also fears that getting power back online could spark another explosion. smoke bi
, and the u.s. are scrambling to enforce a no-fly zone over libya now that the u.n. security council has authorized all necessary measures. cnn international correspondent nic robertson is live in tripoli. good morning, nic. >> reporter: good morning, christine. well, we've already heard from the deputy foreign minister here who says he doesn't expect immediate air strikes here, but wouldn't say what preparations the army or anyone else in the country may be taking to defend the country with this new u.n. resolution. when he was asked about the cease-fire that the resolution calls for, he seemed to indicate that the government here was going to take some time to do that. they didn't have anyone to negotiate with that they would put it in place. but this was something that was going to take time. seemed to hint that the army here may plan to continue with some of its offensive. that offensive was going on in the east, and we have no updated information from that front line this morning, christine. >> does this u.n. resolution paint -- does it paint them into a corner, gadhafi and his alli
. this morning, target libya. u.s. and european forces pound libya overnight. with a barrage of missile they take out key targets as the u.s. gets embroiled in a new overseas conflict. and now moammar gadhafi is surrounding key sites with women and children to create a human shield. just how involved will the u.s. get and how will this conflict end? >>> hope and fear. nine days after the earthquake and tsunami, an incredible rescue. an 80-year-old woman and a teenage boy found alive. but then there's this. the drinking water in tokyo now tainted with radiation. >>> fall from grace. he was the most famous bear in the world. knut, the polar bear, has died at the young age of 4. so how did he go from the top of the world to this tragic end? >>> and bullied no more. this is the video giving hope to underdogs all over the world. this boy body-slams his bully. this morning he's finally telling his story. what made him snap? >>> good morning. the u.s. is now involved in its third overseas conflict. this one is called "operation odyssey dawn," and throughout the night, we saw images like these. u.s. and
clear that no u.s. boots will be on the ground in libya but how long air strikes by u.s. pilots will continue is on everyone's mind right now. those strikes, which include six more tomahawk missile strike have led to a rapid sweep of forces east to west. in the past 49 hours, rebels from taken key towns and striking at sirte, as we speak, the hometown of moammar gadhafi. nbc's chuck todd live at white house here. some of the president's critic says he should have given the speech that we're expecting tonight before the strikes began. >> reporter: well, look, there was even some debate among some supporters of the president on that very notion. but that's -- that's not going to happen. you can't turn back the clock. so the decision was made. they would wait until there was -- they were done with the u.s. portion of this. and so, it's not a mere coincidence that when the handover to nato to run this no-fly zone is taking place, that the president is going to use the occasion to both make the case for why he made this decision, number one, and number two, it's going to be valedicto
that it will be brief. he will be speaking from the u.s. army right here in the nation's cap tell and speaking to a country that has mixed feelings about the third military intervention in the past decade and not to convince that this mission has a clear goal or exit strategy. the commander in chief will be speaking about how long and decision to intervening here and the united states and violence against demonstrators in bahrain, syria, another hot spot in the middle east. wolf blitzer will rejoin us before and after the president's big address, including anderson cooper as well as reports from inside experience team and great experience team of analysts. let's begin on the ground in libya. we'll check out the map. one clear result if you take a close look at the air strikes and remove here, i want to go back to march 18th. the day before the strikes began, the day before, you can see right here in red, these were towns just before, just before the strikes began. controlled red meaning controlled by the regime. look where we are today. controlled green. that is controlled by the opposition. t
. we have lots of things in common with the u.s., fast, generous territory, homogeneous people, hardworking people. we don't have racial problems that affect some african countries or the wars that are waged in europe nor the religious conflict of europe itself. and therefore latin america is called to compromise or rather commitment with its own fate. and therefore we are looking forward to president obama's words. we are all left-handed. we have many coincidences. we studied in harvard, both of us. we are sportsmen. president obama continues to be a basketball player. i was in my time as well. i think the first lady of the u.s. is very good-looking, and president obama has said the same thing about the first lady of chile. there are plenty of 0 coincidences. but the most important one is the one we'll find this afternoon, and modestly if i could suggest to president obama, we hope to have a partnership that is two -- one where we have all responsibilities and not existentialism because it's never been enough. rather a partnership of collaboration between latin america and the
can call the obama doctrine, when to deploy u.s. military forces around the world. he laid out the case when it's in the united states interest to use military force, when it's in the united states interest not to use military force, and this is the example that he gave, this is going to be the precedent, what the united states has done now in libya, presumably given the explosion of unrest that's happening right now throughout north africa and the middle east, if there are similar circumstances that develop in other countries, whether in syria, or yemen and bahrain, and the potential of mass slaughter of civilians is there, the pressure will be on this president to go ahead and authorize what the president authorized in libya. and the greatest potential for the u.s., if there's a revolution, and if there's serious unrest in iran and the people are standing up against mahmoud ahmadinejad and the i ayatollahs take similar action as far as iran is concerned. i think we can call this the obama doctrine. >> and he also made it clear what the limits of this mission is as he sees it
. it could spark intervention from the u.s. and its allies within hours. and david kerley is with the president, who is beginning a trip to latin america, in brazil. good morning, david? >> reporter: the president is in brazil now. waiting to see if the unpredictable moammar gadhafi heeds his warning. and gadhafi may have answered in the last several hours. and that letter that you mentioned, calling the u.n. resolution invalid. and his forces continue to strike at the rebels in the east. this morning, a striking image. a libyan fighter plane, shot down by rebel forces battling moammar gadhafi. the libyan leader had reportedly been bombing the rebels inside his country, despite president obama's stark warning just 12 hours earlier. >> a cease-fire must be implemented immediately. let me be clear. these terms are not negotiable. >> reporter: within hours of that statement, gadhafi's government scrambled, saying it's declared a cease-fire. but this morning, the fighting continues. and there are new questions about if and when the united states and its allies will have to enf
's decision in libya and what role the u.s. has welcome to "washington journal" this friday, march 25. in "the baltimore sun," -- nato to take the lead. what do you think about the nato and u.s. role in libya? the numbers to call -- send us your tweets and we will read them. coverage of the nato-u.s. relationship in libya. allied forces hit a libyan jet that ventured into the air. taking a look at "the washington post" coverage. they are starting out with "obama pressed for clarity over libya." coming from both parties in congress, as well as others, to get some sense of where the u.s. is going with this. let's get to the phones and hear what you think. lydia in maryland. democrats' line. caller: i think it is great he is turning over command of the no-fly zone to nato. he said the united states would not be in the lead and it is about time it takes responsibility. more of the gulf states are contributing airplanes to the no-fly zone. i saw last night that night thatqatar, united arab emirates, contributing planes to the no- fly zone. that is great. they can do that. since the united states do
billion of dollars. >>> the u.s. supreme court is expected to rule by summer. >>> an intense search is underway after a shooting in a parking lot of a mall. we're over the marley station's mall parking lot. a man was shot here. he made his way near the highway. he was rushed to shock trauma and police are looking for two suspects in a dark gray hon dam - - honda. >>> today, the man accused in the murder of an eastern shore girl pleads guilty. vic has more. >> reporter: the prosecutors agreed to take the death penalty off the table for legs. this is for the murder of an 11- year-old. the girl was kidnapped and found dead on christmas day in 2009. her mother spoke today. >> we thank you for giving up your christmas of '09 to bring our baby home. >> we want to thank everyone. >> we now have closure and we can move on. including the community. >> he dated her aunt for some time. >>> wjz sat down with scary's parents. -- with sara's parents. >>> a baltimore county police officer is officially charged. coal westton has been in charge of the police union since the 90s. late last week, he w
, water, blankets and shelter from the bitter cold. >>> the u.s. government is taking no chances with citizens and troops in japan. it is now telling all americans to stay at least 50 miles away from the crippled nuclear reactor in fukushima. our foreign affairs correspondent jill dougherty is live at the white house with more on what they're recommending to americans that are in japan right now. hey, jill. >> hey, kiran. there's been a lot of change so let's go through it. late last night the state department announcing that they're having what's called a voluntary departure for the families of people who work in three different locations, embassies and consulate and another location in japan, so that is the u.s. embassy in tokyo, the consulate in nagoya and also the fsi, foreign service institute field school in yokohama. those people are being authorized to leave. they're not being forced or ordered to leave. it's voluntary still. state department says that it will have clarter planes available for those people to leave, 3600 if necessary. alsoer this saying those charter plan
people. >> reporter: the joint chief's chairman and secretary of defense said a decision to use u.s. forces in libya would be weighed against the two wars already underway. >> if we move additional assets, what are the consequences of that? for afghanistan. and for the persian gulf? >> reporter: there are several military options the u.s. could pursue. enforcing a no-fly zone to stop his air force from attacking protestors and to supporting the growing humanitarian crisis caused by thousands of libyan refugees. >> and we're taking noing ons off the table as long as the libyan government continues to turn its guns on its own people. >> reporter: so far, the unitedinations has not authorized the use of force in libya by any country and if authorized, it would come with a risk. >> we don't want to see u.s. jets over the skies of libya. >> reporter: this congressional advisor and author of the coming revolution said the u.s. would prefer using air-and- naval forces rather than ground troops. >> what the united states can consider doing is come in close to the shores and establish a bloc
the u.s. mission there in libya about cost, about an exit strategy. the president and other senior administration officials have talked about this and narrowly defined in their row focus of this mission. and that the u.s., which has been taking a supporting -- a leading role rather would move in the second phase to a supporting role. what would that look like? well, jay carney, white house spokesman today said that u.s. jets would not be used in enforcing any kind of no-fly zone but it would be more of an assist role perhaps providing jamming technology, even intelligence. so that is how the white house sees this next phase of the mission in live xwrap but again, no official reaction yet to this agreement. one other point i should make is that you know, we're waiting to find out if perhaps the president will make any public comments about this to the american people. there have been a lot of questions about the president perhaps not fully explaining all of the ins and outs of this mission to the american people. the white house has pushed back on that saying from the beginning whet
. the u.s. sent one other urban search and rescue team. that team is from los angeles. of course, our coverage will be online on myfoxdc.com. let's check back in with mary ann after -- rafferty with a look at japan. >> there was a loud bang followed by white smoke and a third reactor of the power planted. it is likely that a hydrogen explosion occurred. >> reporter: authorities have been frantically trying to cool the plant down following a system failure in the wake of a massive earthquake and tsunami. the government has evacuated tens of thousands near the plant. monday also brought a powerful 6.2 aftershock to japan. residents are still scrambling to evacuate in the wake of friday's massive 9.0 magnitude quake. millions of quake survivors are struggling to find food and water and drivers are being rationed small amounts of fuel has some gas station are running out. the u.s. state department urges no americans to travel there. japanese-americans are struggling to connect with anyone. >> it is busy all the time. we tried e-mail and when we got on the e-mail and send it out, it came
from yamagata air base where u.s. smirlt officers are in discussion about aid for survivors of the disaster. this could become a forward operating base for a major u.s. marine operation. we witnessed a navy c-130 transport aircraft fly in earlier. a heavy lift aircraft capable of carrying all manner of aid or equipment. hundreds of thousands of people have been forced from their homes along the northeast coast. the u.s. has already conducted helicopter missions along that battered coastline. and found isolated communities of survivors. >> we found essentially hundreds of people. 100 at this place, 200 at this place, 300 at this place. it's just a matter of getting them out. just like you see anywhere, they don't want to leave their home and family. >> it sounds like a lot of people, we're finding a lot of different groups. the japanese have been very well organized. a lot of firefighters, military helping people out. >> they need water, they need medicine, blankets. the practical stuff. is that what you're finding? >> yes, sir. >> the message from the u.s. side is that they
off. so we continue to have a very desperate situation there and those u.s. officials coming in to try to help to see what they can do. meantime, the humanitarian crisis is widening. it is another very cold night here in japan. the snows were very heavy around the most seriously affected areas. so you have all the people without heat, without electricity. food and water supplies remain very low as do gas supplies. it is tough for people to get around, although they did have some buses of people, evacuees they were able to take out of the immediate area. and they're continuing to test people, including babies for radiation contamination. but red cross workers, other international aid organizations, they're being very cautious right now. they have actually pulled back a little farther away from the nuclear plant. obviously they want to protect the health and safety of their workers as they try to deal with this humanitarian crisis. thomas? >> chris jansing in tokyo for us. chris, thanks so much. >>> the radiation released from nuclear power plants raises concerns about whether wind condi
and customs enforcement agents say he was deported to honduras in 2004 but snuck back into the u.s. 54- year-old paul kraus died in the crash. two others were hurt when krause's car hit theirs. police a ramos grabbed a 3-year- old out of his own car and ran away from the accident scene but they caught up to him pretty quickly. he has been charged with aggravated involuntary man slot, dui, driving with a revoked license, child endangerment and a felony hit and run. -- involuntary manslaughter. its 30-year-old yea that murray and a cowork he were were bound, sexually assaulted and badly beaten when two men got into lululemon after closing. murray was found dead at the scene. investigators continue to check a number of tips that are coming in. >> investigators have conducted a comprehensive canvass in this area where they've gone to other commercial establishments and other points where there may be video and they are looking at that. >> the surviving victim was reheesed yesterday from the hospital. police have made no arrests. we will speak with the greater chevy chase chambers of commerce abo
sunday night in seat pleasant. >>> president obama is laying out his energy plan t includes reducing u.s. alliance on foreign oils and boosting energy production domestically. jennifer davis has the details. >> we cannot keep going from shock when gas prices go up to trance when they go back down. >> reporter: the president says nuclear power needs to be part of the solution. he has ordered a safety review of all u.s. facilities. he lashed out at critics blaming his administration for price tags at the pump. >> any claim that my administration is responsible for gas prices because we, quote, unquote shut down oil production is simply untrue. >> reporter: but republicans counter his administering has opportunity that and much more. >> it has increased permit fees t has prolonged public comment periods. it has done just about anything it can to keep our energy inspector for growing. >> the president encouraged brazil to drill more and sell it to us. >> reporter: nancy policy says the president has support from congressional democrats but green peace is not on board. they issued a statement
, the u.s. supreme court in an 8 to 1 vote said that jury verdict has to be set aside that the first amendment protects the messages of this group. now, chief justice john roberts who wrote the opinion said that the protest was entirely legal. the group abided by the local restrictions of how far away to be from the church. they were not violent and the message while repugnant to many does get into questions of public concern about the military, about gay rights and about the catholic church. he said at the end of the opinion, speech is powerful. it can move people to action. it can move people to tears and it can even inflict great pain, but the government cannot react by punishing the speaker. there was one dissenter today, samuel alito who said this is not ultimately about public issue, but a private action and private attack on a single-family and single father and the father should be able to sue for damages. controversial decision, but clearly, we know where the supreme court feels because of the 8 to 1 vote, contessa. >> thank you, pete. breaking news out of germany, we know t
general wesley clark. after that i discussion on the state of u.s. public education. >> i am a numbers guy. >> as a visual op-ed columnist for "in york times," charlie blow uses trawls and brett -- charts and graphs i do not decide that will talk about a subject and look for the data. i search for that that person see if there is something interesting and that agrees with an opinion that i have or sometimes what surprises me and what surprised by readers. >> sunday night it 8:00 on c- span. >> no reporter's roundtable on the role of nato in libya. from "washington journal," this is 55 minutes. scully is with "national journal" and we have missy ryan -- pentagon reporter. how significant is it that nato will step up and take the lead? guest: it is an important step but not everything the obama administration wanted. what they have done it is often rise nato countries to enforce the no-fly zone but that is only the first part of the u.n. security council resolution. what the nato countries did not do is authorize the full mandate, which is all necessary means required to protect civilians.
a weekend of punishing allied air attacks in libya. according to u.s. officials, coalition strikes have successfully crippled gadhafi's air defenses and a no-fly zone is effectively in place over the country. although gadhafi himself is not a target of what is being called operation odyssey dawn, one of the strikes caused extensive damage to the libyan leader's tripoli compound last night. at this hour, gadhafi's whereabouts remain unknown. he has vowed to fight a long, drawn out war with western forces. making the rounds on the sunday talk shows, admiral mike mullen stressed that the u.s. role in libya would be limited but he did not give an exact date of how long the u.s. would remain involved. >> there's no one that understands better than i that the stress and the strain that we've been under for a long time in our tenth year of war, both in iraq and in afghanistan. that said, we are within our capability and capacity to be able to execute this mission. the directions have been given to me, it is limited. it is very focused and in that regard, we're more than able, as has been shown
on ghadafi's home town of sirte tonight, coming after a week of bombardment and a no-fly zone. the u.s. is leading the efforts and that is scheduled to change soon. >>> and in a few hours, president obama will spend out his plans for u.s. military action in libya and that comes as questions mount about the u.s. role. tom fitzgerald is in our newsroom tonight. a lot shifted the last two weeks. >> reporter: when you look at the landscape now, two weeks ago these rebels were on the verge of losing control of their own unofficial capitol. tonight, they're pushing west with the sites set on ghadafi's own hometown. in washington, president obama is going to seek to reassure the american people and an increasingly skeptical united states congress when he tries to spell out what the u.s. intentions are in libya. moa mar ghadafi's strangle hold on libya appears to be weakening. they have hit the forces in the south, leaving behind burned- out tanks. the rebels who just two weeks ago were in danger of losing their unofficial capital of benghazi, are pushing west to ghadafi's own home town of sir
citizens to leave the capital. the austrian government is moving its embassy here to osaka. u.s. embassy officials nbc news has learned had a meeting earlier today with folks who work there, with their families to try to elay some of the concerns of americans living here in tokyo. it has been confirmed for us. we talked to people involved in the meeting that several people stood up and said, should i stay or should i go? that is the question a lot of people, especially people are asking here, and it's a very individual kind of answer. three separate families came out of the embassy in the hour that i was standing there. all of them said they were considering leaving. when i talked to james wright, who was there with his wife, his 3-year-old daughter, and 5-month-old twins, he was getting the twins' passports so that if they decided to leave, they could. how would he make that decision? here's what he told me. has the nuclear situation made you rethink staying in japan? >> well, it depends on how the wind blows, actually. >> reporter: literally? >> literally. if the wind blows this way, t
. >> reporter: the u.s. isn't completely off the hook here, but this does help the president diminish the u.s. role over libya. our u.s. fighter jets doing heavy lifting could be over. they went along with the plan to lookdown libyan air space. >> we have agreed along with nato allies to transition, command, and control for the no- fly zone over libya to nato. >> reporter: it's an out for president obama who wanted to limit u.s. leadership in the libyan mission. but there are still some questions about what role nato will play protecting civilians. the u.s. military would still be responsible for going after the military on the ground. the most difficult and controversial mission in libya. there are some things that only the u.s. military can do. >> we will continue to apply the pressure we can through strikes on logistics and weapons capability to compel them to stop killing their own people. >> reporter: that mission could test the resolve of the united nations which called for the intervention in the first place. for critics of the president's leadership, this is e evidence of a weakened u
belong to al-qaeda. >>> and u.s. supreme court justice skeela has been ticketed for causing an accident along the george washington parkway. the 75-year-old was on his way to the high court when he rear ended the car in front of him setting off a chain reaction. >>> mayor stephanie rawlings- blake will unveil her budgets today. in it, there's 8% less spending for the year of 2012. some of the cuts include reduced funding for the 311 center. the document doesn't include tax increases. >>> there's a surprise for cavaliers fans. opening lineups are announced for the heat. lebron james doesn't appear. >> lebron james. [crowd booing] >> lebron james was in the bathroom. the calvs got the last laugh. the heat lost. 102-90. >>> the orioles finished up spring chaining and broke records doing so. more than 115,000 fans finished up at a renovated smith stadium. ed smith stadium hosted ten sellouts. a average attendance was 70,200,019. that's a lot. >>> and the oriole's home opener is this monday. our special pregame coverage starts at 2:00 and stick around for the game itself. a full day of oriol
chris lawrence with a look at what role the u.s. might play in the no-fly zone. chris, live at the pentagon, what's on deck for the u.s. now that the un has passed this? >> ali, the u.s. air force has a base in italy, the navy has two, and the italians have already okayed the use of their area to launch some of the missions in this know fly zone. there was an aircraft carrier in the mediterranean sea near libya. it left earlier this week and is now out in the arabian sea. without a carrier, planes will have to fly possibly farther, which means they won't be able to spend as much time over libyan aerospace which means you may need more planes to carry out the mission. some of the officials i've spoken with here in the pentagon say don't just think of a no-fly as american fighter pilots flying american jets. there are other ways in which the u.s. can contribute. unmanned drones, for instance. the u.s. also has signal-jamming aircraft that could disrupt colonel gadhafi's ability to communicate with his forces. overall what you'll have to do is have a very clear line of command
: the u.s. continues to move forces close to libya. the president authorized u.s. military aircraft to help egyptians evacuate. but the administration is trying not to get sucked into a mideast conflict. the president's hope is that gadhafi will head off a bloody stalemate and make way for a new leadership. randall pinkston, wjz eyewitness news. >> the crisis led to gas prices jumping another 4 cents today. the national average is $3.43 a gallon, according to triple a. >>> maryland's texting while driving rules are about to become even more strict. alex demetrick is in the newsroom with more details on a law that is close to gaining apriewflt. >> soon, you might not even be allowed to read a text behind the wheel. the house of delegates passed -- passed that measure today. marylanders are already prohibited from writing text messages while driving. there were more than 200 violations last year. the state also has a band on handheld cell phones, meaning it is a secondary offense, meaning officers can only offer citations. >>> the senate recently rejected a ban on eating and drinking
a nationwide review to see if u.s. plants are vulnerable to the same type of earthquake that hit japan. the indian point station is about 25 miles from new york city has two operating nuclear reactors and it sits right on top of the ramapo fault line. the nrc filed a report uncovering a higher safety risk at the plant than previously thought. and that's gotten the attention of new york governor andrew cuomo, a long-time opponent of indian point. >> the world has changed. reevalua reevaluate. reevaluate and look at the situation and decide whether or not you should grant this facility a license today. with what you know today. >> now, we had a chance to speak with officials from energy corp. on our show last week. they say they welcome a safety review. 27 nuclear reactors, including indian point have been singled out for inspections by the nrc. allan chernoff has been granted exclusive access inside the indian point plant and we'll have his report coming up in the next hour of "american morning." >>> another morning of explosions in tripoli and heavy aircraft fire. as of last night, the
on this desperate attempt just ahead. >>> growing disagreement today between officials in japan and here in the u.s. over the severity of the situation. the chair of the u.s. regulatory commission believes a storage pool holding highly radioactive spent fuel rods may be completely empty at this point and that at times radiation levels have been so high they would be lethal in a very short period of time. he urged americans to stay at least 50 miles away from the plant but that's four times the distance of the evacuation order from japanese officials. people in japan are growing really frustrated at this point about the lack of clear, prompt information. we'll talk about that as well as the state department's decision to begin offering voluntary evacuation to family members of personnel in japan. >> we have a lot to get to. let us start this morning with ann curry who is in northern japan. ann, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you, matt. as you report the situation is still very serious. the japanese government is saying the radiation levels are stable. the u.s. has its own experts
is not on the agenda, says secretary of state hillary clinton. >>> estimates put the cost of u.s. involvement in libya at $100 million to $300 million every week. jim aceda is in tripoli with the latest. >> reporter: for the fourth night tripoli was hit by a wave of cruise missile strikes on the capital, triggering another barrage of anti-aircraft and tracer fire. u.s. military officials say the offensive has effectively taken out libya's air defenses including these multiple rocket launchers at tripoli's naval base which foreign reporters were allowed to visit. libyan officialed insisted this facility was only used for training and repairs and the air strikes have not put a dent in moammar gadhafi's defiance. speaking to supporters from his palatial compound last night he called the nato led coalition "a bunch of fascist" and said libyans were laughing at their bombs and missiles. "we are ready for the fight, whether it be a short one or long one" he said in his first public appearance in a week. on the battlefield the conflict was shaping up to be anything but short. ga daf auto's forces were still
in northern africa, the effects are being felt in the u.s. at the gas pump. the white house is considering a dramatic step to relieve rising prices spurred by violence. tracie potts is in washington with the details. >> the uss 727 million -- u.s. has 727 million barrels of oil on the coast. >> a ripoff. filling up my car only last me like a week. >> it is something that all has been done in very rare occasions. >> not a good idea, some say. >> we are putting ourselves in the hands of the most frail, and acquitted regime in the middle east. -- antiquated regime in the middle east. >> what we need to do is find more of our own energy, and that is to explore offshore. >> worldwide demand is up and fight in the middle east has fueled fears of oil prices over $100 a barrel. >> i will start thinking about riding a bike. >> the government last tap into the reserves during hurricane katrina. >> the u.s. as the world's largest oil reserves. no word on when at the white house will make the decision to tap into it. today's technology offers many advantages, but it also comes with downside spirit the
. >> all right, all right. >> reporter: u.s. experts believe it could be weeks before this emergency is resolved and americans are being urged to flee a 50-mile area around the plant. on our shores, radiation monitoring has been stepped up on the west coast as a precaution. >> we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the west coast, hawaii, alaska or u.s. territories in the pacific. >> reporter: u.s. airports are now screening passengers and cargo coming out of japan. >> we have seen no radiation, by the way, even on incoming cargo or passengers that comes close to reaching a harmful level. >> reporter: in tokyo, experts say radiation levels are still below harmful levels, but anxiety is rising. the pentagon is now organizing a voluntary evacuation of american military families and citizens who want to get out. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> well, one week since japan's worst ever disaster, new stunning footage has emerged from a local japanese news crew. they were in a taxi seconds before catastrophe struck. carl dennin of england's channel 4 tells us their stor
that the aim of the u.s. is not to take gadhafi out of power, although he has said that gadhafi needs to go, but that the purpose of this particular mission is to back the united nations, to support them in protecting the libyan people and the rebels who are under attack. also, we should note that those four "new york times" journalists who had been captured and were under libyan control for six days have now been freed. they have crossed over into turkey to tell their harrowing story. lynn. >> tracie potts for us in washington, as always, thank you. >>> elsewhere, as japanese workers race to restore electricity to their crippled nuclear plant, there are new concerns this morning over contaminated food and water. traces of contamination are tracing vegetables around the plant. in amounts the government and health experts say do not pose a risk to human health. meanwhile, a virginia couple is mourning the death of their daughter after learning that her body was found in the tsunami wreckage in japan where she had had teaching english. taylor anderson is the first american victim confirmed in
. 2011] >> the u.s. house meets today at 2:00 eastern for general speeches. legislative work starts at 4:00. members will consider bills designating dentists and vetenarian as emergency responders and disasters. tomorrow the congress will hear from the australian prime minister in a joint meeting. we'll have a live coverage of that at 11:00 eastern. on wednesday members begin kuwait on eliminating mortgage relief. transportation secretary ray lahood is on capitol hill this afternoon. he's testifying before the senate transportation committee. about his department's 2012 budget request. c-span3 will have live coverage beginning at 2:30 eastern. >> the new way to get a concise review of the day's events it's "washington today" on c-span radio. every week day we'll take you to capitol hill, the white house, and anywhere news is happening. we'll also talk with the experts, the politician mrs., and -- politicians, and the journalists. the stories that matter to you the most every week day on c-span radio. can you listen in the washington-baltimore area at 90.1 f.m. and nationwide on xm slight
officials say u.s. is not trying to kill gadhafi, operation odyssey dawn appears to have hit close to home for the libyan leader. nbc news learned that english forces conductsed a strike on his compound. it's not known where gadhafi was at the time. but aordering to "the new york times," journalists bussed to the site didn't report casualties. >>> and u.s. defense secretary robert gates intends to hand over leadership of the coalition in a matter of days. for more on the operation, we go to nbc's brian moore. >> reporter: with a second day of fighter jet attacks and missile strikes, european and american forces have blinded moammar gadhafi's air defenses, crippled his air force and now are threatening to pound his army into submission. >> we judge the strikes to have been very effective in significantly degrading the regime's air defense capability. >> the libyan leader threatened a long bitter fight. hours later, he declared a second cease-fire in less than a week. in brazil, president obama declared libya's fate will be decided by libyans. >> the change they seek must be driven by their
decades. >> a massive fire at a u.s. major airport, flames raging for hours, the fallout, plus the investigation into what sparked it. >>> and donald trump with his eye on the presidential prize. does he stand a chance? for real? it's all new, all live, it's french fighter jets take action shooting the libyan war plane out of the sky. jenna: as a new round of strikes hits target necessary tripoli, jet bombers and tom hawkmisms from the coalition target qaddafi air defense. jon: rebel forces making real progress now that qaddafi's tanks have pulled back from key strategic cities, the opposition taking more steps to form a government in the east. rick leventhal is streaming live from benghazi. what can you tell us about qaddafi possibly negotiating an exit plan, rick? >> reporter: well, we heard that libra's more than fr called the u.s. assistant secretary of state over the state -- over the weekend to possibly discuss what qaddafi's exit strategy might be. it's pairnl very preliminary, these calls are made all the time is what we're hearing but there may have been a call made fr
reopen the tunnel in time for the brunt of rush hour. >> thank you very much. >>> now the u.s. military is moving naval and air forces closer to libya as the crisis there intensifies. despite the positions the pentagon said u.s. officials have not decided if or how the military will intervene. the uss enterprise is one of two aircraft carriers in the region. u.s. and european allies stepped up travel and financial sanctions against libyan leader moammar gadhafi and his loyalists. foreign leaders want the dictator to stop attacks against protesters and step down after his 42 years in power. >>> now new this hour egypt just delayed the reopening of its stock exchange. latest of several days in the last month since protests led to hosni mubarak stepping down. a new reopening is scheduled for march 6th. >>> 5:04. to the shutdown showdown on capitol hill. today the u.s. house plans to vote on a two week extension to keep the government working while lawmakers battle the bigger budget for the rest the year. under the republican proposal, federal agencies would be fund through march 18th while
as president obama works to assure americans there is no radiation risk in the u.s. fox 5 morning news continues right now. >>> we're going to get started at 6:00 thon friday as we look live over washington, d.c. this morning. it will be a nice one. temperatures already nice out there this mourn. it will be a great day. good morning, thank you for waking up with fox 5 morning news. i'm sarah simmons. >>> i'm steve chenevey, thank you for being with us this friday morning. let's say good morning to tony perkins. >> good morning everybody. not a bad day on tap for us. let's take a look, get to it, your satellite-radar composite, no moisture or precipitation out there i should say. humidity levels 75, 76%. we do have clouds across the region this morning. i do think we will feature some clouds during the course of the day. will we see sunshine? yes, there will be clouds around as well. nothing in the way of precipitation for us during the day. off to the west you could see a little shower or two later on. temperature, i will pull this out for you. you can see the big picture, more clouds
today faced off over charges that the former player lied to court. u.s. attorney matt parrela told jurors the defendant was given immunity and all he had to do was the tell the truth. he couldn't do it. and testimony will show that he planned not to do it. but defense attorney allen ruby told the jury that bonds didn't lie. and gave information that led to evidence from balco labs. bonds former trainer has consistently refused to testify that he gave bonds steroids shots. >> i think this is the theater of the absurd. >> reporter: the first witness, former irs witness trovisky showed the jury evidence that would eventually lead to greg anderson and bonds' grand jury testimony in 2003. >> we said all along that we were looking forward to and welcoming the chance to the test the accusations in court. >> reporter: now prosecutors say they'll call bell and foster to testify that they saw him using illegal steroids. defense attorney say bell betrayed bonds to sell a book and that hopkins forged bonds signature on memorabilia to make money. >>>-- she sited the decision in rod blagojevich
this speech. defending his actions and explaining why this intervention matters to the united states. with u.s. tomahawk cruise missiles still launching off libya shores, president obama said he had little choice but to step in. >> and as president, i refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action. >> reporter: libian leader gadhafi he said was on the eve of touching off a massacre. the president made his case at the national defense university before an audience filled with u.s. military leaders. nato, he said, has already taken away much of the u.s. burden in libya but the u.s. military is still playing an active role, helping libian rebels claw background lost to gadhafi forces. while the president calls gadhafi a tire ant who needs to leave, he said the military will stop short of forcing him out, comparing it to the war in iraq. >> regime change there took years and thousands of american and iraqi lives and a trillion dollars. that is not something we can afford to repeat if libya. >> reporter: and the president went to great lengths to frame libya as a h
stated that it is u.s. policy that gadhafi needs to go. we have a wide range of tools in addition to our military efforts to support that policy. >> the american people from the congress need to hear what our president believes his objectives are. if we are going into a war with libya, we should declare a war on libya. we should pull together with our allies and try to figure out a plan of how that war is to be won. these are things that must be debated here in washington apart from paris or at least encounters with other countries in which we say we'll hold your coat. we don't object to what you are up to. >>> good morning. welcome to morning joe. beautiful shot. times square. beautiful because i'm not there. i'm in dallas. mika is in the south of france trying to gather a feeling of the people in that beautiful part of the country. a story breaking suggesting that america, the united kingdom upset with the french leadership for overreaching. we are going to talk to mike barnicle about that. visiting professor, harlds ford junior and the great willie geist. pat buchanan and the host of
force against yet another middle eastern country, this time it is oil rich libya. u.s. naval and air forces attacked libyan military installations across that country, wiping out air defenses, intelligence systems, tanks, and also apparently is now targeting that nation's ground forces. under what policy is the executive branch operating without a vote of congress and expending millions of defense dollars and state dollars on offensive action taken inside a nation that did nothing provocative toward the united states and in fact last year was even a recipient of u.s. foreign aid? the president's justification for this action was that it was not an act of war but rather humanitarian mission to prevent a catastrophe that would have result interested libya's military forces under the command of libyan president gaddafi from taking the civilian center. our president says he did not act alone. as french, british, canadian, and other western nato members participated in these attacks. the president informed congress that future operations will be handled by nato. who exactly decided all of
will speak to the nation tonight to further explain the u.s. mission in libya. good morning, everyone. it is monday, march 28th. welcome to "morning joe." with us on set, msnbc and "time" magazine senior political analyst mark halperin. you're going to be driving the week today. >> i will be doing some of that. >> national affairs editor for "new york" magazine, john heilemann and msnbc political analyst pat buchanan in the studio here this morning. i love that. >> pat in the flesh. >> you're okay after that accident. >> i hope the other people are okay. >> it doesn't sound like it. hope everyone had a good weekend. i had another trip to the e.r. what else is new? >> oh, my. >> kids. we have a lot going on today. she's fine. thanks for asking. >> you're here. >> sprained ankle. no, not me. we have a lot going on today. we talk about the president's address to the nation tonight, how the libya mission plays into the obama doctrine. i think it does. also, in the 7:00 a.m. hour we'll bring in the executive editor of "rolling stone" magazine, eric bates. "rolling stone" is out with anothe
are serious allegations to make. you honestly believe the g.o.p. members of congress would rather turn the u.s. economy upside down than resolve it? >> the cuts they made the other day in the house bill were the most irresponsible piece of legislation i have seen in 40 years of my experience in government. they made wild cuts to cut programs that really the american people expect to be effective. the american people want clean air and clean water. these guys say wipe out the epa. that simply is not good government. it's just whacking for the sake of whacking. it has no thinking going into how you make reductions. there is no democrat that doesn't believe there has to be some reductions. but there is a belief that it should be done in a reasonable way. the senate put out a proposal and i expect republicans to reject it out of hand because it's not enough. it's enough for this year. we can get to things next year. we have had eight years of wild republican spending under bush. now people say why is it fixed in one year? that's not sensible. >> shannon: let's talk about the fact that last year wh
everybody, i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. we are here in the newsroom, "happening now", a u.s. fighter jet crashes, amazingly the two crew members are safe, they suffered only minor injuries, our military saying the pair ejected from the f15e strike eagle just outside of the rebel stronghold in benghazi, both crew members now said to be in american hands, the u.s. military stresses the plane was not shot down. investigators are now looking at a mechanical failure as the likely cause of that crash. jenna: you were at video that we he we think is of that crash, this as pro qaddafi forces step up rebel attack necessary that area. we have explosion necessary an eastern city forcing rebel fighters to scatter and regroup, but a very different story in the libyan capitol of tripoli. take a look: >> jon: colation forces, handing momentum back to the rebels, but the rebels run into trouble in the west, this out of misurata. >> jenna: as the fighting heats up there, dozens dead, reports of children among those killed, and there are now reports that qaddafi's tanks and snipers are patrolling the
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